The US, UK, Japan, Australia and New Zealand have formed a new alliance in the Pacific, Partners in the Blue Pacific (PBP), to develop effective cooperation and support for island nations. This was announced on Friday, June 24, at the White House.
“Today, our five countries launched a comprehensive informal mechanism to better and more effectively support Pacific priorities – Partners in the Blue Pacific (PBP),” the statement said.
It is noted that the priority issue for the new union is the support of Pacific regionalism, as well as the expansion of cooperation between the countries of the Pacific region and the rest of the world.
Another key task of the alliance is to support the priorities of the region in accordance with the strategy for the region for 2050 being developed by the Pacific Islands Forum, which includes politics, economics, security, ecology, etc. It should be presented at the summit of the leaders of the countries of the organization in July this year.
On June 21, it was reported that Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand are considering holding a quadripartite summit in parallel with the NATO summit in Spain to discuss the creation of a new bloc in Asia directed against Russia and China. Wang Guantao, a columnist for the Global Times newspaper, said that NATO will not be able to realize its plans due to disagreements within the bloc.
In addition, on June 11 it became known that the heads of the defense departments of the United States, Australia and Japan agreed to increase the number of military exercises. The ministers stressed their concern about the tense situation in the East China Sea and expressed their common desire to achieve “peace and stability on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.”
In May, Turkish journalist Hassan Basri Yalcin criticized the aggressive US strategy in the international arena. Washington is gaining a foothold, including in the Asia-Pacific region, where without US help, countries such as Japan and Australia are unlikely to be able to balance on a par with China.
In April, it was reported that Japan was receiving unofficial offers to join the AUKUS defense alliance. The trilateral partnership now includes Australia, the UK and the US.